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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F83 - Is to leaue all, and take the thread of loue

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Is to leaue all, and take the thread of loue
    wch path line straite leads vnto the ſoules content
    wher choyce delights wth pleaſures wings doe moue,
    and idle phant'ſie neuer roome had lent,

When chaste thoughts guide vs then owr minds ar bent
    to take that good wch ills from vs remoue,
    light of true loue, brings fruite wch none repent
    butt constant louers ſeeke, and wish to proue;

Loue is the shining starr of bleſsings light;
    the feruent fire of zeale, the roote of peace,
    that lasting lampe fed wt the oyle of right;
    Image of fayth, and wombe for ioyes increaſe
Loue is true vertu, and his ends delight
his flames ar ioyes, his bands true louers might.
Crown 2

Is to leave all, and take the thread of love
    Which line* straight leads unto the soul's content
    Where choice delights with* pleasure's wings do move,
    And idle fancy never room had lent,

When chaste thoughts guide us then our minds are bent
    To take that good which ills from us remove,
    Light of true love, brings fruit which none repent
    But constant lovers seek, and wish to prove.

Love is the shining star of blessing's light;
    The fervent fire of zeal, the root of peace,
    That lasting lamp fed with the oil of right;
    Image of faith, and womb for joy's increase.

Love is true virtue, and his end's delight
    His flames are joys, his bands true lovers' might.


Roberts [P78] notes the religious overtones of this devotion to Love, and cites RS 4:

    True vestal-like, which with most holy care
    Preserve the sacred fires, religiously
    I do maintain, and that no end they try
    Of my best parts their subject I prepare.

'line': Wroth first writes 'path' and crosses it out.
'with': altered from original 'on'.
2.

Is to leaue all and take the threed of Loue,
    Which line ſtraight leades vnto the ſoules content,
    Where choice delights with pleaſures wings do moue,
    And idle fant'ſie neuer roome had lent.

When chaſte thoughts guide vs, then our minds are bent
    To take that good which ills from vs remoue:
    Light of true loue brings fruite which none repent;
    But conſtant Louers ſeeke and wiſh to proue.

Loue is the ſhining Starre of bleſſings light,
    The feruent fire of zeale, the root of peace,
    The laſting Lampe, fed with the oyle of right,
    Image of Faith, and wombe for ioyes increaſe.

Loue is true Vertue, and his ends delight,
His flames are ioyes, his bands true Louers might.
Crown 2

Is to leave all, and take the thread of love
    Which line straight leads unto the soul's content
    Where choice delights with pleasure's wings do move,
    And idle fancy never room had lent,

When chaste thoughts guide us then our minds are bent
    To take that good which ills from us remove,
    Light of true love, brings fruit which none repent
    But constant lovers seek, and wish to prove.

Love is the shining star of blessing's light;
    The fervent fire of zeal, the root of peace,
    That lasting lamp fed with the oil of right;
    Image of faith, and womb for joy's increase.

Love is true virtue, and his end's delight
    His flames are joys, his bands true lovers' might.



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